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1 GEMMA RAURET DALMAU Directora ANECA Regional developments and implementation in the regional networks of the UNESCO-OECD Guidelines – lessons learned. The case of RIACES QUALITY ASSURANCE IN TRANSNATIONAL EDUCATION (tne) – From words to action Bologna Seminar organised by ENQA and hosted by QAA London, 1-2 December 2008

2 The setting and the scenarios Transnational QA criteria and guidelines at the subregional level RIACES: perspectives for QA enhancement for agencies: CINTAS project Índice

3 Different academic flows intra- and inter-subregions: South-America Central-America Andean Area North-America Europe Latin-America: the setting and the scenarios Members of RIACES *Source: RIACES (www.riaces.net)

4 Different multilateral initiatives to shape a political integrity at the regional and trans-regional level: POLITICAL WILL TOWARDS QA AND ACCREDITATION OF HE Ibero-American Summits. Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI). The building of the Ibero- American Knowledge Area. Principles: -Gradual implementation -Flexibility -Priorisation of measures -Articulation of policies -Quality assurance -Corresponsibility -Solidarity -Mutual benefit Latin-America: the setting and the scenarios 17th Ibero-American Summit, Chile 2007: Student Mobility Programme Pablo Neruda. Enhancing co-operation and integration focusing on student mobility at the postgraduate level

5 Various solutions to face QA provision in trans-border HE: -OECD-UNESCO Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-Border Higher Education: CONEAU, Argentina – Co-ordination: IESALC-UNESCO INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practice in Quality Assurance: CNAP, Chile Co-ordination: INQAAHE European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance of Higher Education: ANECA, Spain – Co-ordination: ENQA Latin-America: the setting and the scenarios

6 Stages for the definition of QA mechanisms and practices involved in evaluation and accreditation processes * REGIONAL SCHEMES Networks of agencies RIACES – Ibero- American Network of Accreditation Agencies Harmonisation and convergence of evaluation standards Requirements for the harmonisation and convergence of expert training International review of agencies MEXA (Experimental Programme Accreditation Mechanism for Bachelor Degrees Recognition within the MERCOSUR countries plus Bolivia and Chile) RANA – 2007 (National Accreditation Agencies Network) Central-America: CCA Accreditation Agency accrediting QA- agencies at the sub- regional level Latin-America: the setting and the scenarios *Source: Ernesto Villanueva, CONEAU (2007)

7 Features: Association of QA and accreditation agencies for HE Independent of governments Goals: Promoting Ibero-American co-operation and exchange of good- practices on QA and accreditation of HE Promoting QA enhancement in the countries Strategic trends of the network: Strengthening the role played by agencies within the network Developing QA mechanisms at the regional level Establishing a regional information office Developing the technical profile of the staff through Developing the technical training for evaluators

8 RIACES as a reference framework: the manual for self-evaluation of agencies To provide with basic elements for designing and conducting self- evaluation procedures to the evaluation and accreditation agencies To establish the reference framework –the evaluation standards– for the development of self-evaluation procedures To provide with a minimum structure to elaborate a self-evaluation report to the agency, as well as support information for the process To prepare basic orientations towards the external review of the agency including the procedure, standards and central features of the review of the international panel and the preparation of the final report

9 MERCOSUR* rio/ES/index.htm MEXA- (Experimental Programme Accreditation Mechanism for the Recognition of Bachelor Degrees within the MERCOSUR countries plus Bolivia and Chile) RANA – 2007 (National Accreditation Agencies Network) Agencies advanced in the convergence of evaluation standards through an effort towards harmonization of the evaluation processes in the area. Accreditation is based upon a set of quality standards shared by the countries involved. Accreditation is programme-oriented and focuses on graduate mobility. This project has been possible because a three-fold legitimating process which involves: governments, agencies and disciplines. *Source: Ernesto Villanueva, CONEAU (2007) Transnational QA criteria and guidelines at the subregional level

10 Central-American Accreditation Council (CCA) Mission: To contribute to the on-going quality, relevance and integration of Central-American Higher Education through accreditation, the formal recognition of organisations for accrediting either institutions or programmes in every country or at the regional level. The CCA has been recognised by the Ministers of Education of the eight countries, acting as a full- competence and supranational body responsible for accrediting agencies. The recognition body at the subregional lies on the Central-American Integration Secretariat (SICA). *Source: Ernesto Villanueva, CONEAU (2007) Transnational QA criteria and guidelines at the subregional level

11 QA enhancement for agencies: the CINTAS project The CINTAS project was designed by ANECA for RIACES. It focuses on the development of Internal Quality Assurance Systems of the agencies. Objectives internal quality assurance systems. Supporting the QA / accreditation agencies in developing their own procedures of internal quality assurance systems. reference framework Building a shared reference framework for quality assurance to be used within the RIACES context. Objectives internal quality assurance systems. Supporting the QA / accreditation agencies in developing their own procedures of internal quality assurance systems. reference framework Building a shared reference framework for quality assurance to be used within the RIACES context.

12 CINTAS Project RIACES Guidelines Internal quality assurance Systems of the agencies Recommendations and international experiences On quality assurance QA enhancement for agencies: the CINTAS project National legal framework Internal Quality Assurance Project of agencies CINTAS CINTAS Steering Group: ANECA, Spain CNA, Colombia CONEAU, Argentina JAN, Cuba

13 Flow-chart of the Project RIACES Board of Directors approves the proposal of the project RIACES General Assembly (Montevideo, 2007) approves implementing the project and entrusts ANECA the design of the project ANECA designs the project and the Manual for the Internal Quality Assurance System RIACES Board of Directors approves CINTAS project (Madrid June 2007) CINTAS Commission is set up and defines the stages of the project (Bogotá Nov. 2007) The project is submitted/ Participation commitment of the agencies Training Seminars- workshops Support and follow-up actions the implementation of IQAS The participating agencies prepare the Internal Quality Assurance Manual (IQAS)

14 BOLOGNA DECLARATION ALC-UE HE AREA 2015 Bridging the gap 2010

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